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March 30, 2012 > Lights! Camera! Donation!

Lights! Camera! Donation!

Submitted By Margaret Thornberry

To celebrate of the 100th anniversary of the Essanay Studios coming to Niles in 1912, the Fremont Cultural Arts Council (FCAC) is joining with local business, Dale Hardware, to fill the children's shelves at our local libraries with books concentrating on the early film industry. Such books include Mac Made Movies, about Mack Sennet, Keep Your Eye on the Kid: The Early Years of Buster Keaton, as well as reference material such as Film, an Eyewitness Books publication and The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick - the book from which the Academy Award winning movie Hugo was drawn.

Among the books that will be donated, is Shining Star: The Anna May Wong Story by Paula Woo and Lin Wang. This rare gem is about the first Chinese-American movie star and her struggles to make it onto the silver screen in the 1930s. Oftentimes, the only roles that Asian Americans were allowed to play - if any - were stereotypical or demeaning. After years of playing such roles, Anna May Wong demanded more meaningful parts for herself and fellow Asian American actors. This children's book follows Wong on her route to stardom and her pursuit of greatness

David Kiehn, film historian and board member of the Essanay Silent Film Museum and FCAC president Margaret Thornberry will present the bounty of books being donated to Karen Pacheco of the Essanay Silent Film Museum.

This donation, for the first time, will include books about the art and history of film, an integral part of our local history. A selection of these books will be placed on the shelves at the Niles and Centerville branch libraries as well as the main branch. In the past, the Olive Hyde Arts Guild, with their concentration on visual arts, and Dale Hardware in partnership with the Fremont Cultural Arts Council made possible the acquisition of a good selection of books on a wide variety of arts and artists for the main library children's section.

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